Friday, March 16, 2012

Social status may influence your exposure to chemicals

Rich or poor? Social status may
indicate chemical exposure.
A large U.S. survey shows that socioeconomic status was linked to the type of chemical exposure in people.

Poor people (especially children in need of food assistance) had higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine, while wealthier people had higher levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

The high BPA levels could be explained by the widespread use of canned food in food assistance programs.

Researchers warn that alternatives to canned foods may have to found, or companies may have to adjust their can liners.

Some companies may have gotten the message earlier. Campbell’s Soup recently announced it was moving away from using BPA in their can linings.

The study by Boston University researchers did not address potential health risks associated with these chemical compounds.

However, previous studies have linked BPA with behavioral impacts, development changes, decreased sperm count, higher risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity as well as heart disease.

PFCs have been linked to developmental delays, cancer and suppressed immune responses, among other possible health effects. The chemicals are used to make materials stain and stick resistant.

Source: Environmental Health News

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